Franklin Co. Passes FY 2015 Budget

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Franklin County’s Board of Commissioners has passed the county’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Early Monday morning, with only three commissioners present for the called meeting, the board passed the budget unanimously.

Commissioners Clint Harper and Bob Franklin were not present for the vote.

At a work session earlier this month, Franklin County Manager John Phillips outlined the proposed expenses.

“For the fiscal 2015 we’re looking at total expenses of $14,224,940.10,” Phillips said. “This is actually a slight decrease from what we were showing last year. It’s actually a reduction of around $108,000.”

The total projected revenue for Fiscal Year 2015, Phillips said, is $14,309,842.

Phillips said the new budget includes adding one new maintenance worker and a 2 percent across the board raise for all Franklin County employees.

It also covers an increase in Franklin County’s health insurance premium.

Not approved by Franklin County Commissioners was a proposed $600,000 increase to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Franklin County Commissioners said they plan to consider increases for the Sheriff’s Office as needed in Fiscal Year 2015.

Also not resolved is the requested budget amendment for Fiscal Year 2014 to cover the $600,000 over run in the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Budget.

At their work session last week, none of the Franklin County Commissioners voted to approve that budget amendment.

However, Commissioner Jeff Jacques said he would approve a budget amendment to cover cost of living and health insurance increases.

“I have asked staff to prepare that, and we should have those numbers this week,” he said. “I’m hoping to have that dollar figure ready for our next meeting in July.”

Franklin County Commission Chair Thomas Bridges asked the county attorney for further direction after the board failed to approve the entire Fiscal Year 2014 budget amendment last week, but he said he has not heard back from counsel.